Local Sports Briefs: Nichol, Meyer top fields at Sunlight youth skiing event; Rec departments plan summer programs
Members of the Sunlight Winter Sports Club’s Buddy Werner Ski Team took part in the Buddy Werner Sunlight Mountain Finale, which was held at Sunlight Mountain Resort on Joslin Run.
The local team had 59 skiers participate in the event, with was the final slalom of the season at Sunlight Mountain. Buddy Werner skiers are kids primarily from towns in Garfield County.
Among the top-three finishers in the boys race were Shantz Nichol, who finished first in 42.07 seconds, with Langdon Dresser (43.69) and Tyler Madden (47.52) following. In the girls race, Kallan Meyer was the top finisher with a first-place time of 43.69. Mykel Backofen was second in 46.75, with Amanda Madden third in 47.82.
For a complete list of the Top 10 boys and girls finishers in the event, see Results at the bottom of this article.
Local athletes win 21 medals during state event
Members of the James Lee’s Karate school in Glenwood Springs competed in the United States Karate Alliance (USKA) Colorado State Tournament, which was held on Feb. 14 at Brush Creek Elementary School in Eagle.
In all, members of the Glenwood Springs school won 21 medals. Eight were gold, five were silver and five were third-place medals. Three were fourth-place medals.
Winners, coached by head instructor Sempai Dean Sarver, included Samantha Felan (one first-place finish, one second-place), Tate Reed (first and second), Britt Bradshaw (second and fourth), Willy Sikora (third), Kaitlyn Smith (first), Parker Nott (two firsts, one second), Zoey Worley (first, third), Kelly Smith (third), Ali George (first, third), Lily Stelzriede (first, second), Chad Watson (two seconds, one fourth), and Lisa Watson (third, fourth).
Each winner from the tournament in Eagle will compete at the USKA 2015 National Championships, which is scheduled for April 9 to 11 in Las Vegas.
Annual Sequoia Glen 5K scheduled for March 14
The 16th annual Kenny Cline Memorial Sequoia Glen 5K Run/Walk will be held in West Glenwood at 3 p.m. March 14.
The race takes runners on a scenic, uphill journey above the Glenwood Fish Hatchery on paved and dirt roads before descending on the same route to the finish line on Donegan Road.
Registration begins at 2 p.m. on race day. Cost is $15, with all proceeds going to local animal shelters. The Sequoia Glen run is the first of six races in the 2015 Colorado River Valley Charity Race Series.
High school hockey team hosts Highlands Ranch
The Glenwood Springs high school hockey team will hold its senior sponsor appreciation night at the Glenwood Springs Community Center Ice Rink on Saturday.
The Grizzlies, who play in the Colorado Prep Hockey League and are members of the Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey Association, will host the Highlands Ranch club at 7:45 p.m. today and Saturday. The game Saturday will mark the final home game of high school for several members of the team, who attend schools like Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs and Coal Ridge high schools.
Information: T.K. Kwiatkowski, 970-366-7311.
Kickball team tournament scheduled for May 30
The Glenwood Springs Parks & Recreation Department will hold its annual Kickoff to Summer Kickball Tournament, which is scheduled for May 30.
The tournament will be held at Sayre Park in Glenwood. It will be played in a four-team, round-robin rally format, followed by a championship game played between the two top teams in the tournament. Teams must have eight to 12 players each and have no less than four women on each roster.
Cost is $150 per team, and participants are encouraged to wear costumes and/or unique uniforms. Winning teams will receive prizes. Teams must register by May 20.
Baseball, softball signups taking place in New Castle
The New Castle Recreation Department is offering youth baseball and softball programs for the upcoming summer season.
Programs range from Pre T-ball and coach pitch to baseball and softball programs geared towards players ages 8 to 15.
Pre T-Ball, T-ball and coach-pitch players will receive instruction on the fundamentals of throwing, catching and hitting. Cost is $40 for T-ball and $50 for coach pitch.
Baseball and softball teams with players aged 8 to 15 practice two to three times per week and play games one to two days per week. Games are played in the Colorado River Youth League. Registration fees are $75 per player.
Registration deadline is April 17.
Information/registration: New Castle Recreation, http://www.newcastlerec.com, or 970-984-3352.
Rifle now accepting baseball, softball signups
The Rifle Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for its summer baseball and softball leagues.
Age groups are for players ages 8 to 10 years old, 11 to 12 years old, and 13 to 15 years old. Ages are determined by the child’s age as of Aug. 1, 2015. Cost is $50 per player for all programs.
All registrations must be done in person at the Rifle Parks and Recreation office inside City Hall. The registration deadline is April 3.
2015 Buddy Werner
Sunlight Finale Results
Boys Top 10
1. Shantz Nichol, 42.07; 2. Langdon Dresser, 43.69; 3. Tyler Madden, 47.52; 4. Gaige Phemister, 47.71; 5. Bobby Johnson, 47.91; 6. Cooper Robinson, 48.67; 7. Ty Rosinski, 49.37; 8. JJ Segal, 49.70; 9. Bennett Walter, 50.03; 10. Kai Douglas, 50.23.
Girls Top 10
1. Kallan Meyer, 43.69; 2. Mykel Backofen, 46.75; 3. Amanda Madden, 47.82; 4. Rilyn Goluba, 48.02; 5. Maisie Smith, 48.42; 6. Chloe Lutgring, 49.68; 7. Caroline Tuggle, 49.85; 8. Olivia Goodman, 49.92; 9. Skylar Harbour, 50.14; 10. Molly Hancock, 50.81.
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